16 October, 2002
To President George W. Bush
I am Mitzelle Veron L. Morales, a concerned student from one of your so-called allies in South East Asia, the Philippines. I am writing to plead for the abandonment of your planned attack on Iraq. Although our present government had already assured you of our all-out support in any of you course of actions toward Saddam Hussein and Iraq, I greatly stress that this is NOT THE WILL OF THE WHOLE FILIPINO PEOPLE! And I am in them in saying that war is not a means for the attainment of peace.
Eleven years had passed when the United of Nations had declared a cease-fire resolution that ended the Gulf War. According to the terms, Iraq was supposed to destroy all stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons, along with the machinery and precursors to make them, and dismantle its entire nuclear development program. And after several years of watch-dogging Saddam's weapons program, a broad range of UN and even US analysts had concluded that it was virtually wiped out.
In contrast, your administration had pronounced that you should wage a war against Iraq because Saddam's allegedly weapons of mass destruction directly threaten its neighbors and even the US. And such action will be justifiable. But the real issue here is the risk that Saddam would hand the US to the undeterrable enemies America had awakened since September 11.
Although the Philippines was not directly involved in the Gulf War in 1991, I was able to experience at a very young age then what war can do to our lives and to our country. History would tell us how many wars had been fought and how many innocent and defenseless lives were lost. And still, the objectives of waging war had not attained. We all want peace. Let us set aside our self-interests and hidden motives. For one reason, you can't afford another Vietnam War. A war waged by a superpower like your country could inflict a serious damage even to the non-participant nations, including my own country - the Philippines. As a Christian, I know that only God could grant us the peace that we all wish for. As Romans 12:19 puts it: "Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord."
To God be the glory!
Mitzelle Veron L. Morales
University of the Philippines, Manila student
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in 2002